Saturday, August 16, 2008

Guacamole Dip that Eats Like a Meal

Tonight we made a guacamole dip that rendered us unable to eat dinner. It was easy to make, nutritious, and delicious. And it satisfied like nobody's business, thanks to pumpkin seeds.* The satiating quality is a useful attribute for two reasons. Avocados are expensive and it sucks when your guac is gone in a heartbeat. This stuff, will not get eaten too quickly. And if it does, those people who eat it won't be eating much for the next few hours. That's the other benefit, fewer chimichangas.

Just recently, I learned to set the DVR to record all of the awesome cooking shows on PBS on Saturday morning. One of those is Rick Bayless' "Mexico: One Plate at a Time." So far, my favorite episode is the one where Rick is throwing a "block party" and he invites some PBS diversity over for finger food. Oh, hell yeah. That's my kinda party. Did yall know that Barack Obama loves Bayless' cooking? Well, me too. Only, unlike the very 'presidential' Obama, I'm quick to point out the cultural appropriation behind Bayless seeing the cuisine of real Mexicans and saying, "Si, se puede." Yes, we can - make some money off of the tasty techniques of Mexico.

One of the dishes that Bayless prepares is Toasted Pumpkinseed Guacamole and I was a little skeptical when he described it to the camera. He talked about the toasty flavor, compared to his Mango Guacamole, but he didn't, however, talk about the meal replacement effects of the dip. This dish , together with my whey revelation, will help me reduce my own intake and drop a few pounds, if I can remember to make it a few times a month. He served it along side some really simple tuna escabeche tacos. You can make these together, or you can just bookmark Rick's recipe list and go to town on his awesome recipes a couple times a week.

If you're too lazy to go to the link, just make guacamole like you usually would and stir in some pureed toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds).

What do yall think?

*Pumpkin seeds are a superfood. Pumpkin seeds are rich in the amino acids alanin, glycine and glutamic acid, and also contain high amounts of zinc. Enlargement of the prostate affects about half of men over the age of 50 and including a handful of pumpkin seeds may offer some protection against the development of prostate cancer. They contain high quantities of protein, iron and phosphorous and even a tablespoon a day would be a good addition to any healthy diet, particularly for vegans and vegetarians.


  1. Hey Jason-
    This would have been the perfect opportunity to comment about how I have NEVER tried avocado, haha.

  2. kc, I think that item deserves its own post and the full attention of the blogosphere.

  3. Aguacatl/avacado

    aguacatl in Nahuatl means "testicle"


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